Shannon talks spring football

Spring football starts at the University of Miami today and head coach Randy Shannon spoke about the team. CanesTime.com was there and has a full report of what he was talking about. Read on for the latest scoop.

* Roster updates: Sam Shields is listed as a corner; Daniel Adderley is still on the team; Steven Wesley is now a TE; Chris Barney is no longer on the team.

* Number changes: Shields is now 9, Andrew Smith is now 48, and Travis Benjamin is now 3.

* Early enrolled kids: Brandon McGee is 21, Mike James 22, Olivier Vernon 35, Brandon Washington 72, Jermaine Johnson 78, and Curtis Porter 96.

* Despite all but 2 practices being closed to the general public, there will be more media access to the players this spring. Jacory Harris will be available once a week.

* Coach Micheal Barrow will roam around on defense and help all the other defensive coaches out.

* He wants to know who all the starters are by the end of spring (pending their fall camp performance, obviously), which is a bit of a change from recent years when many jobs would be open going into the summer.

* He had high praise for LB Arthur Brown.

* Spring will be used to work on offense/defense/special teams and there won't be any FSU gameplanning that goes on.

* Defines pro style offense as, "using everyone in your offense to be successful."

* Eric Moncur will be limited in the spring and needs to "lost 10 or 15 pounds".

* Singled out Richard Gordon, Darryl Sharpton, and Javarris James as guys who need to "show something" this spring.

* They're excited to see what redshirt freshmen Gavin Hardin, Joe Wylie, Vaughn Telemaque, Jeremy Lewis, and Micanor Regis can do.

* They still wanna built depth for that No. 2 QB spot.

* Practice today: 7-on-7 stuff, no hitting or pressure on the quarterbacks. Just a "fast-paced walk-through".

* Friday and Saturday: team will do some "9 on 9 stuff" that we haven't seen before.

* Tight end Tervaris Johnson won't be going through full contract drills this spring.

* Graig Cooper will go back to returning kicks and punts. The reason he wasn't more involved in that role last season is because of injuries to Baby J and Lee Chambers at running back, giving Cooper a larger role. Benjamin will also be in this role.


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